Definition of Adversative

1. Adjective. Expressing antithesis or opposition. "The adversative conjunction `but' in `poor but happy'"

Exact synonyms: Oppositive
Similar to: Disjunctive

Definition of Adversative

1. a. Expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis; as, an adversative conjunction (but, however, yet, etc. ); an adversative force.

2. n. An adversative word.

Definition of Adversative

1. Adjective. (linguistics) Expressing opposition or difference. ¹

2. Noun. (rare dated) Something, particularly a clause or conjunction, which is adversative. ¹

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Definition of Adversative

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adversative

adversarial system
adversative (current term)
adversative conjunction
adverse drug reaction reporting systems
adverse effect
adverse event
adverse impact
adverse opinion
adverse parties
adverse party
adverse possession
adverse reaction
adverse selection

Literary usage of Adversative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cornell Studies in Classical Philology by Cornell University (1887)
"TWENTY years ago, Latin grammars generally taught that the mode after "cum causal" and "cum adversative" was due to the causal or adversative idea itself, ..."

2. The Cum-constructions: Their History and Functions by William Gardner Hale (1889)
"In the latter case a causal- adversative bearing of the subordinate clause upon the main clause will in most cases naturally exist; and it may exist even in ..."

3. An English Grammar: Methodical, Analytical, and Historical. With a Treatise by Eduard Adolf Ferdinand Maetzner (1874)
"The adversative coordination contains an opposition, where an inference, ... In the first case the adversative sentence does not take away the judgment ..."

4. A Complete Latin Grammar by Albert Harkness (1898)
"CONDITIONAL adversative CLAUSES 585. Rule. — Etsi and etiam si, ... An adversative clause may represent the action as possible rather than actual, ..."

5. Syntax of Early Latin by Charles Edwin Bennett (1910)
"adversative Clauses in tlie Indicative. qui it ... Indicative adversative Clauses Introduced by Relative Pronouns. Instances of this type are exceedingly ..."

6. Philological Studies: With English Illustrations by Josiah Willard Gibbs, Karl Ferdinand Becker (1857)
"The classes of the adversative proposition are as follows. L The Antithetic Compound Proposition. ‘He is not an Englishman, but a Frenchman. ..."

7. Exposition of the Grammatical Structure of the English Language: Being an by John Mulligan (1874)
"(4) We shall call the connection effected by but adversative (and sometimes ... (5) The most marked case of adversative connection is that in which BUT is ..."

8. Grammar of the Greek Language: For the Use of High Schools and Colleges by Raphael Kühner, Bela Bates Edwards, Samuel Harvey Taylor (1879)
"adversative Coordinate Sentences. 1. An adversative coordinate ... Д « most generally has an adversative force, and hence can express every kind of contrast ..."

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